Hermann Baumann was born in Hamburg, Germany, on August 1, 1934. Until he was 17 his musical interest focused on singing and jazz drumming. But he advanced quickly, studying with horn virtuoso Fritz Huth in Hamburg. From about 1955 Baumann spent 12 years playing in orchestras: his most notable assignments were as first chair horn with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (1957-1961) and with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (1961-1967). In 1964 Baumann captured first prize at the Bavarian Radio ARD competition in Munich.
Baumann devoted three decades of his career to teaching, doing two stints at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, 1966-1980 and 1983-1996, with the three years in between spent at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. Meanwhile his solo career took off: he debuted in 1967 with the Vienna Symphony in the Strauss Second Horn Concerto, recorded to acclaim the concertos of Mozart with Harnoncourt in 1972, and thereafter made regular concert tours at major venues throughout the world. In 1996 Baumann suffered a stroke, but remained active on the concert scene and as a teacher primarily of master classes. In 2002 he joined the staff at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Lyman, NH, where he teaches every June. Among Baumann's recordings is the 2008 reissue on Eloquence of the Haydn Horn Concerto No. 1. Read less
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